Physical Therapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy: An Evidence-Based Approach

Mary Rahlin, PT, DHS, PCS

Physical Therapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy: An Evidence-Based Approach
  • $82.95
  • ISBN 10 1-61711-065-5
  • ISBN 13 978-1-61711-065-8
  • 464 pp Hard Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2016
  • Order# 40658

Cerebral palsy is the most common movement disorder encountered in pediatric physical therapy practice. Physical Therapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy: An Evidence-Based Approach is a unique, comprehensive reference that focuses on physical therapy management of children with cerebral palsy through the analysis and synthesis of published research, and it offers evidence-based teaching and learning opportunities to a wide reading audience.

Inside, Dr. Mary Rahlin examines the current approach to the diagnosis and classification of cerebral palsy and explores the research evidence related to prognosis; medical management; and physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention for children with this condition. Physical Therapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy analyzes cerebral palsy as a lifespan condition and utilizes the framework of International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

 Sections include:

  • Typical and atypical development of movement and postural control
  • Cerebral palsy as a development disorder
  • Medical management of alterations of body structures and functions by body systems
  • Physical therapy management, including theoretical foundation, research evidence, and practice
  • Normal and abnormal gait patterns and current evidence for orthotic management and assistive technology
  • Transition to adult life

 Unique topics discussed:

  • Variability, complexity, and adaptability in motor development
  • The interdisciplinary team and effective interprofessional collaboration
  • Assessment and management of therapy-related behavior
  • Complementary and alternative interventions
  • Segmental kinematic approach to orthotic management via ankle-foot-orthosis/footwear combination

Other unique features include “Questions to Ponder” and “Suggested Questions for Future Research” at the end of each chapter. These are intended to generate healthy professional debate on a variety of topics, both in the classroom and in the clinic, and challenge the readers to plan new studies in search for evidence that will continue moving the pediatric physical therapy practice forward.

Bonus!

Also included with Physical Therapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy is online access to video clips that accompany the text and highlight typical and atypical development, use of assistive technology, life span issues, and transition to adulthood.

Instructors in educational settings can visit www.efacultylounge.com for additional materials to be used for teaching in the classroom.

Physical Therapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy: An Evidence-Based Approach is intended for physical therapy students, educators, residents, and experienced clinicians, including physical therapists, other members of the interdisciplinary team, and researchers working with children with cerebral palsy.

 

Dedication

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Contributing Authors

Foreword by Toby M. Long, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Introduction

Section I          Typical and Atypical Development of Movement and Postural Control

Chapter 1            Theoretical Perspectives on Motor Development

Chapter 2            Variability, Complexity, and Adaptability in Typical and Atypical Motor Development

Questions to Ponder

Suggested Questions for Future Research

Section II        Cerebral Palsy as a Developmental Disorder

Chapter 3            Definition, Incidence, Etiology, Classification, and Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy

Chapter 4            Alterations in Body Structures and Functions, Activity Limitations, and Participation Issues in Children With Cerebral Palsy

Chapter 5            Evidence for Prognosis for Ambulation, Employment, and Independent Living

Questions to Ponder

Suggested Questions for Future Research

Section III      Medical Management

Chapter 6            The Interdisciplinary Team and Effective Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care

Mary Rahlin, PT, DHS, PCS and Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP

Chapter 7            Neurological and Neuromuscular Systems: Medical and Surgical Management of Alterations in Body Structures and Functions                            

Chapter 8            Musculoskeletal System: Medical and Surgical Management of Alterations in Body Structures and
Functions           

Chapter 9            Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Digestive, Integumentary, Urogenital, and Sensory Systems: Medical and Surgical Management of Alterations in Body Structures and Functions

Chapter 10          Pain Assessment and Management

Roberta Henderson, PT, PhD and Mary Rahlin, PT, DHS, PCS

Questions to Ponder

Suggested Questions for Future Research

Section IV      Physical Therapy Management: Theoretical Foundation, Research Evidence, and Practice

Chapter 11          Physical Therapy Examination and Evaluation: Tests and Measures, Anticipated Goals, Expected Outcomes, and Tracking Progress                          

Chapter 12          Therapy Settings and Service Delivery Models

Chapter 13          Assessment and Management of Therapy-Related Behavior

Chapter 14          Therapeutic Approaches

Regina T. Harbourne, PhD, PT, PCS and Mary Rahlin, PT, DHS, PCS

Chapter 15          Common Intervention Strategies and Techniques

Chapter 16          Complementary and Alternative Interventions

Chapter 17          Significance of Manual Guidance in Pediatric Physical Therapy Practice

Chapter 18          Therapy Frequency, Duration, and Intensity Issues

Questions to Ponder

Suggested Questions for Future Research

Section V        Normal and Abnormal Gait Patterns and Current Evidence for Orthotic Management and Assistive Technology   

Chapter 19          Normal Gait Kinematics and Kinetics

Elaine Owen, MSc, SRP, MCSP, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

Chapter 20          Common Approaches to Orthotic Management of the Lower Extremity, Trunk, and Upper Extremity

Donald McGovern, CPO, FAAOP and Mary Rahlin, PT, DHS, PCS

Chapter 21          Segmental Kinematic Approach to Orthotic Management: Ankle-Foot Orthosis/Footwear
                             Combination

Elaine Owen, MSc, SRP, MCSP, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

Chapter 22          Assistive Technology, With Emphasis on Positioning and Mobility Equipment

Questions to Ponder

Suggested Questions for Future Research

Section VI      Transition to Adulthood

Chapter 23          Cerebral Palsy as a Life Span Condition

Chapter 24          Planning Transition to Adult Life

Donna Frownfelter, PT, DPT, MA, CCS, RRT, FCCP and Mary Rahlin, PT, DHS, PCS

Questions to Ponder

Suggested Questions for Future Research

 

Financial Disclosures

Index

Mary Rahlin, PT, DHS, PCS received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and a Physical Therapist (“Therapeutic Physical Culture Instructor”) Certificate from the State Central Institute of Physical Culture in Moscow, Russia. Subsequently, she received her Bachelor of Science and advanced Master of Science degrees in physical therapy from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Illinois, and her Doctor of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis in Indiana. Dr. Rahlin is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Pediatrics and Education Section, and a member of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Dr. Rahlin is Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions, at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL. Besides teaching pediatric physical therapy and related curricular content, she provides continuing education courses for practicing clinicians. Her research interests are in the areas of assessment and management of therapy-related behavior and physical therapy intervention for children with cerebral palsy and congenital muscular torticollis. Dr. Rahlin has developed and validated the Therapy Behavior Scale that was published in 2012. She is the first author of a number of peer-reviewed publications in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, and Infant Behavior and Development. In addition, she has authored two book chapters, spoken and presented numerous posters at APTA meetings, and serves as a reviewer for Pediatric Physical Therapy. Dr. Rahlin has practiced pediatric physical therapy in a variety of settings and has over 20 years of clinical experience. Currently, she maintains a small private practice, primarily in Early Intervention.